“In the Treasury of the City of Ladies, Christine de Pizan urges women to protect their own interests by hiring the wisest counsel and standing up for themselves. As she tells her fellow widows, in particular:
[They] must take on the heart of a man. [They] must be constant, strong and wise in judging and pursuing [their] advantage, not crouching, in tears, like some simple woman or like a poor dog who retreats into the corner while all the other dogs jump on him. (199–200)
Can one recite these wise words, repeatedly (. . .), without internalizing them and developing a stronger spine for defending and protecting one’s interests?”
Suzanne Savoy, “Christine vs. The Machine(Lingua Romana 15.1, Fall 2020)